My latest book review is all about introverts. I’m an extrovert by nature so while it doesn’t relate to me personally, I think it has some great insights into how introverts are often misunderstood and undervalued.
As Cain points out; we tend to admire the loud, bold, upfront extrovert. They can easily garnish the attention and consideration of others when it comes to sharing their ideas. We assume that because they communicate easily they are worth listening to. It’s not always the case.
Cain also discusses another interesting misconception which is that introverts are shy. She explains that an introvert enjoys and even recharges by spending time alone while a shy person may not want to be alone, they are simply uncomfortable interacting with others.
As mentioned, I’m not an introvert but I have introverted family members, friends, staff and clients. We all associate with introverts on a daily basis, it’s good for us to consider how they see the world.
As an introvert herself and having done a great deal of research, Cain gives us that insight in a clear, thought provoking manner. She goes on to discuss how she pretended that she was an extrovert in the belief that it was necessary for her career as a Wall Street lawyer. This gave me a different slant on ‘imposter syndrome’.
Cain brings attention to the often misplaced value we place on extroverted behaviour. She provides a great deal of food for thought. I found myself thinking ‘do I do that?’ I will certainly be more mindful in future when dealing with introverts.
As a business owner I found this book to be very valuable. There are many points that I have considered in relation to the introverted people I deal with. I will use the knowledge I’ve gained to acknowledge and respect just how they recharge their batteries. With the goal of having happy, engaged staff members and clients it’s good to know what works best for each individual.